Stocks on the Robinhood restricted trading list like AMC and Koss are surging


A man walks past an AMC theater involved in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, the United States, on Jan. 27, 2021.

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Stocks on Robinhood’s restricted trading list rose during premarket trading on Friday after the online broker announced on Thursday evening that it would resume restricted trading in those names.

GameStop was up 96% while Koss Corporation was up 93%. AMC Entertainment and Express were up 53% and 44%, respectively. The Naked Brand Group grew by 37%.

On some stocks, Friday’s premarket spike erased the heavy losses suffered in the previous session after Robinhood and other brokers announced restrictions on a handful of stocks, including in some cases that customers could only sell and not buy new stocks. GameStop, for example, was down 44% on Thursday.

Robinhood’s restricted list

In a statement late Thursday announcing it would resume blacklisting stocks, Robinhood said, “We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments if necessary.” The startup added that its previous decision to restrict trading – which annoyed many users – was necessary to meet the SEC’s capital requirements for broker-dealers.

Interactive Brokers took steps similar to Robinhood, with both also increasing the margin requirements on certain securities. It is not uncommon to increase margin requirements, but the move to restrict trading was more extreme, which annoyed and confused some users.

The decision followed retail investors who flocked to some of the most abbreviated names in the market, forcing hedge funds and those on the other side to cover their losses. This, in turn, drives stock prices even higher. Investors turned to popular forums like Reddit’s WallStreetBets board to discuss their trades.

Short selling is a strategy in which investors borrow shares of a stock at a certain price in the expectation that the market value will drop below that level when it is time to pay for the borrowed shares.

Two of the three highest volume days, dating back to at least 2007, came this week as the trading frenzy continued, causing a number of lawmakers to weigh up whether regulators should take action.

Investing in retail has increased in the pandemic, and on Friday Robinhood raised over $ 1 billion and drawn lines of credit to ensure it had the capital to offer trading in volatile names.

“By drawing on our credit lines, which we constantly use in the course of normal day-to-day business, we get more capital that we can deposit with the clearing houses and that ideally enables us to make more investments with fewer restrictions,” says Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin in an interview Thursday night.

According to Reuters, AMC plans to raise additional capital this year in view of the more than 300% share jumps, according to Reuters. On Monday, AMC announced that it had raised $ 917 million in new equity and debt since December 14.



Robert Dunfee